Tooth loss: does it affect dietary intake and nutritional status?

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This review of the impact of tooth loss on dietary intake and nutritional status included 8 low quality cohort studies. Weak and inconsistent evidence of an association was seen. Further high quality studies are needed.

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Psychological disorders associated with poor oral health

Authors reviewed studies that assessed oral health of people with severe mental illness.

26 studies were included in this review of the association between common psychological disorders and poor oral health. Dental decay and tooth loss were significantly higher in those with common psychological disorders

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Smoking and tooth loss associated finds study

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This large German cohort study with 23,376 participants found that smoking was associated with tooth loss with heavy males smokers (≥15 cigarettes per day) having a 3 times higher tooth loss.

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Low income and tooth loss: a positive association

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Seven of the 11 observational studies included in this review came from Brazil. An association between low income and tooth loss was demonstrated (OR = 2.52: 95% CI; 2.11- 3.01) even after adjusting for socioeconomic status ( OR = 1.66: 95% CI; 1.48 – 1.86).

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Professional mechanical plaque removal for secondary prevention of periodontal disease

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For this review of professional mechanical plaque removal 19 studies were identified. While benefits were shown for an number of outcomes; tooth loss; clinical attachment; pocket depth and bleeding on probing the impact on long-term tooth survival and stability of periodontal parameters has still to be assessed.

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Periodontal disease: compliance with treatment improves outcomes

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When regularly compliant periodontal patients were compared with erratic compliers in this systematic review, they were found to have significantly lower risk of tooth loss during supportive periodontal treatment

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Study suggests that regular dental checks between 50-65yrs reduced major tooth loss

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Regular dental examinations are considered an important element of preventive dental care. The aim of this cohort study was to assess the impact of routine dental attendance between the ages of 50 – 65 in relation to major tooth loss and Oral Health related Quality of life (OHRQoL) In 1992 all 50-year-olds in two Swedish [read the full story…]

Limited evidence shows a positive benefit on quality of life from restoring missing teeth

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Tooth loss can have important physiologic and social impacts and a strong association has been shown between tooth loss and impaired oral health–related quality of life (OHRQoL).  The aim of this review was to see whether oral rehabilitation following total or partial tooth loss had an impact on  (OHRQoL). PubMed, the Cochrane Central Registry of [read the full story…]

Study suggests people with depression and anxiety have lower use of oral health services and greater tooth loss

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A previous systematic review has shown that ‘‘People with severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are over three times more likely to lose their teeth’.   Another large cross-sectional study from the USA has now been published that looks at the associations among depression, anxiety, use of oral health services, and tooth loss. This [read the full story…]